Stubborn As Dirt by Holly Schofield
Bruno, the climate refugee from lower Manhattan who’d joined their class last week, began comically tiptoeing toward her ebike cart. He picked up one of the hundred seed plugs and mimed licking it. The plugs of dirt and seeds did resemble black ice cream cones, each in a mesh, and Allie grinned. She didn’t know him much yet but he was definitely more fun than Margaret whom she’d known since kindergarten.
“I really like your idea, Allie,” Jerry said, eyes twinkling. “You’re helping to unpave paradise and take away a parking lot.”Tweet
Allie gave an uncertain laugh. What did that mean? Jerry said the weirdest things sometimes.
Holly Schofield travels through time at the rate of one second per second, oscillating between the alternate realities of city and country life. The author of over eighty short stories, her works are used in university curricula and have been translated into several languages. Her stories have appeared in Analog, Lightspeed, Escape Pod, and many other publications throughout the world. She hopes to save the world through science fiction and homegrown heritage tomatoes. Find her at hollyschofield.wordpress.com.